CHECKLEY suffered cruel defeat by just one run at home to Whitmore in the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire Cricket League Premier Division.
Checkley reached 252-8 in response to Whitmore's 253-6 in a high-scoring clash at Four Trees.
James Cronie was unlucky to finish on the winning side, having played a leading role for Checkley with a fine all-round performance, batting his way to 86 runs and then producing a bowling return of 3-34.
Michael Allen (36) put on 103 runs with Cronie for the first wicket, and there were good contributions too from Scott Elstone (36) and John Barks (32).
Checkley's fate was dramatically sealed in the final over when Richard Williams was run out and Josh Hewitt was bowled out by Muhammad Usman
In Division One, Blythe had to fight hard for a victory at home to Little Stoke by one wicket.
Little Stoke were bowled out for 106, with James Ecclestone (28) and Chris Mobley (20) being the visitors principal run-makers, while Ben Smith claimed 4-17 and Khlaid Hamidi took 3-43 for Blythe.
Zen Malik (22) got Blythe's reply off to promising start, but Ecclestone's intervention (3-21) restored the balance for Little Stoke.
Blythe were then indebted to Khalid Malik's stubborness for getting them across the winning line with 45 not out.
Moorlands rivals Oakamoor and Caverswall both tasted defeat in Division Two.
Oakamoor lost at home to Sandbach by 36 runs, after replying with 164 all out to their visitors 200-9, while Barlaston, having totalled 180-7, gained a 45 runs verdict at home to Caverswall, who they dismissed for 164